Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest: Wikis

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Finland
Finland
Member station YLE
National selection events Euroviisut
Appearances
Appearances 43
First appearance 1961
Best result 1st: 2006
Worst result Last: 1963, 1965, 1968, 1980, 1982, 1990, 1992, 1996, 2009
External links
YLE page
Finland's page at Eurovision.tv
Lordi the 2006 Eurovision winners
Geir Rönning at Kiev (2005)
Hanna Pakarinen at Helsinki (2007)
Teräsbetoni at Belgrade (2008)

Finland first entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961, and has participated a total of 42 times. Finland won the contest for the first time in 2006 with Lordi's "Hard Rock Hallelujah". Previously, its best showing was Marion Rung’s song "Tom Tom Tom" in 1973, which was placed 6th.

Before the 2006 victory, Finland was considered by many as the ultimate under-achiever of Eurovision. It has placed last total nine times and scored "nul points" (zero points) three times. Finland's entry in 1982, "Nuku pommiin" by Kojo, was one of only fifteen songs since the modern scoring system was instituted in 1975 to earn no points. (Norway has placed last ten times and scored zero points four times, but it has also won three times.) Before 2006, there even was a popular joke circulating in Finland, where a man frees a genie from a bottle:

Genie: Thanks for freeing me! I will now grant you one wish.
Man: Bring the Finnish Karelia back to Finland!
Genie: That's too big a wish, maybe a smaller one?
Man: OK, let Finland win the Eurovision Song Contest even once!
Genie: Hmm... let me see that map again...

In 2006, Finland finally gained victory, with an entry radically different from the mainstream europop that dominates the competition: a hard rock song, played by a monster band in an over-the-top fashion. The band Lordi and its song Hard Rock Hallelujah broke records scoring the highest number of points in Eurovision Song Contest history (292) but its title was taken by Norway in 2009 (387).

All of Finland's entries were in English between 1973 and 1976 and again since 2000 (except in 2008); both of these periods allowed submissions in any language. All of Finland's other songs have been in Finnish, except in 1990, when "Fri?" by Beat was in Swedish.

In voting patterns, Finland has traditionally supported and been supported by the Baltic nations, such as Estonia and Latvia. However, it also has close ties to other Nordic countries. In 2004, Finland's first-place vote went to Sweden; in 2005, it contributed 12 points to Norway; in 2006, it was Russia's turn to get the 12 points, but it was Serbia who got their top score in 2007. The first time in Eurovision history that Sweden gave Finland 12 points was in 2006 for Lordi's song "Hard Rock Hallelujah". In 2007, they repeated this, giving 12 points to Hanna Pakarinen with "Leave Me Alone". Finland has also given notably high points to Italy, but that country has not competed since 1997. In 2009, Finland was sent to the final by the jury after they placed twelfth in the first semi final. In the final, they reached last place, which is familiar to the Finnish people in the Eurovision Song Contest as they now have 9 last places.

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Contestants

As of the 2009 contest, there have been 43 Finnish entries in the contest: 31 in Finnish, 11 in English and 1 in Swedish.

Year Artist Title Final Points Semi Points
1961 Laila Kinnunen "Valoa ikkunassa" 10 6
1962 Marion Rung "Tipi-tii" 7 4
1963 Laila Halme "Muistojeni laulu" 13 0
1964 Lasse Mårtenson "Laiskotellen" 7 9
1965 Viktor Klimenko "Aurinko laskee länteen" 15 0
1966 Ann Christine "Playboy" 10 7
1967 Fredi "Varjoon - suojaan" 12 3
1968 Kristina Hautala "Kun kello käy" 16 1
1969 Jarkko & Laura "Kuin silloin ennen" 12 6
1971 Markku Aro & Koivistolaiset "Tie uuteen päivään" 8 84
1972 Päivi Paunu & Kim Floor "Muistathan" 12 78
1973 Marion Rung "Tom Tom Tom" 6 93
1974 Carita "Keep Me Warm" 13 4
1975 Pihasoittajat "Old Man Fiddle" 7 74
1976 Fredi & Ystävät "Pump-Pump" 11 44
1977 Monica Aspelund "Lapponia" 10 50
1978 Seija Simola "Anna rakkaudelle tilaisuus" 18 2
1979 Katri Helena "Katson sineen taivaan" 14 38
1980 Vesa-Matti Loiri "Huilumies" 19 6
1981 Riki Sorsa "Reggae OK" 16 27
1982 Kojo "Nuku pommiin" 18 0
1983 Ami Aspelund "Fantasiaa" 11 41
1984 Kirka "Hengaillaan" 9 46
1985 Sonja Lumme "Eläköön elämä" 9 58
1986 Kari Kuivalainen "Never The End" 15 22
1987 Vicky Rosti & Boulevard "Sata salamaa" 15 32
1988 Boulevard "Nauravat silmät muistetaan" 20 3
1989 Anneli Saaristo "La dolce vita" 7 76
1990 Beat "Fri?" 21 8
1991 Kaija Kärkinen "Hullu yö" 20 6
1992 Pave Maijanen "Yamma, yamma" 23 4
1993 Katri Helena "Tule luo" 17 20
1994 CatCat "Bye Bye Baby" 22 11
1996 Jasmine "Niin kaunis on taivas" 23 9
1998 Edea "Aava" 15 22
2000 Nina Åström "A Little Bit" 18 18
2002 Laura "Addicted To You" 20 24
2004 Jari Sillanpää "Takes 2 To Tango" X X 14 51
2005 Geir Rönning "Why?" X X 18 50
2006 Lordi "Hard Rock Hallelujah" 1 292 1 292
2007 Hanna Pakarinen "Leave Me Alone" 17 53 X X
2008 Teräsbetoni "Missä miehet ratsastaa" 22 35 8 79
2009 Waldo's People "Lose Control" 25 22 12* 42
2010 Kuunkuiskaajat[1][2] "Työlki ellää"[1][2]

* In 2009, Finland qualified through the jury selection.

Voting history (1975-2009)

Finland has given the most points to...

Rank Country Points
1  Sweden 137
2  Italy 115
=  Israel 115
3  United Kingdom 104
4  Switzerland 98
5  France 95

Finland has received the most points from...

Rank Country Points
1  Sweden 92
2  Norway 69
3  Iceland 63
4  Greece 59
5  Ireland 55
=  Israel 55

NOTE: The totals in the above tables include only points awarded in Eurovision finals, and not the semi-finals since 2004.

Hostings

Year Location Venue Presenter
2007 Finland Helsinki Hartwall Areena Jaana Pelkonen and Mikko Leppilampi

References

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